MEALS ON WHEELS OF LEHIGH COUNTY AWARDED $2,000 SHARE THE LOVE GRANT BY MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA

Subaru’s eighth Share the Love Event supports Lehigh County’s seniors

 

Allentown, PA, March 1, 2016 – Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County is proud to announce it has received a $2,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America’s eighth annual Share the Love Event. During the event held from November 22, 2015 through January 2, 2016, Subaru of America, Inc. donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities, including Meals on Wheels America, of which Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County is a Member.

 

Pamela S. Bechtel, Executive Director, said: “This year we need to raise $615,000 to meet the need for home-delivered meals, friendly visits and well being checks for 450 home bound seniors and adults with disabilities each weekday.  We cannot thank Subaru of America enough for supporting our program and hundreds across the country so that we may meet our mission.”

 

Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County partnered with Ciocca Subaru during the 2015 holiday season to raise funds and awareness of senior isolation and hunger in Lehigh County. Subaru employees delivered meals and learned first-hand the importance of this service that helps people live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

 

“Over the last eight years, Subaru and its local retailers have truly become an extension of the Meals on Wheels family, and their impact is felt long after this popular year-end event concludes,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO. â€śSubaru’s continued investment in the Meals on Wheels movement helps communities across the country deliver more nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to our most vulnerable seniors.”

 

The 2015-2016 Share the Love funds will continue to benefit local Meals on Wheels America Member organizations throughout the year through additional grant opportunities, Annual Conference scholarships and by sponsoring the organization’s annual March for Meals campaign.

 

About Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County

Each weekday, Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, a nonprofit agency, serves 450 home bound seniors and adults with disabilities living throughout Lehigh County.912 individual and group volunteers deliver about 168,000 meals each year; almost seven million since 1971.  Volunteers also provide a social connection and a well-being check.  The Agency also offers grocery shopping services to more than 100 clients. For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelslc.org

 

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local Member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

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